Chris and Mel knew from the first moment they met 17 years ago that they had found ‘the one.’
After having what the family called ‘the longest engagement ever’ made the wedding day itself all the more special said Mel.
A civil ceremony was the choice for the wedding itself, but as the party was going to be a big one, the couple chose St James over the Greffe. It was a beautiful place to get married, and Mel and Chris knew it was exactly what they wanted after going to see the venue.
Choosing the reception venue was an easy too, as regulars at the Duke of Richmond’s Leopard Bar, the couple found the staff friendly and loved the décor – it was the perfect place for them.
We did a ‘Avant wedding shoot’ as a get to know you session with Mel and Chris, which was fun. We went for a walk around Castle Cornet, and the harbour area. Chris himself is a keen photographer, and although he was not initially keen to be in front of the camera, he soon relaxed and became a great model.
When the day for the wedding arrived we turned up at St James to see a very smart Chris, eagerly awaiting the arrival of his Bride. Chris wanted something a bit different for his wedding day attire, and he had chosen a steam punk waistcoat and an awesome pair of cufflinks and tie pin to match.
When Mel arrived she looked stunning, she had chosen a dress from Maggie Sottero Riviera , decadent Ava satin with Swarovski crystal lace appliques adorning the bodice , skirt and bateau neckline. Brought from Pretty Woman, Mel looked amazing wearing it. The flowers from Blossom & Green finished off the look.
Chris had chosen the song “Marry Me” by Train for Mel to walk down the isle to- it was perfect and Mel loved it.
Once the couple exchanged vows, using a stunning pair of rings designed by their friend Karl Le Prevost from Bruce Russell, it was off to the Duke of Richmond Hotel for a walk in the avenue of trees opposite for some fun photos with the wedding party.
The food was perfection, with cupcakes to finish the meal with. Speeches from the Father of the Bride and best man were followed by Chris’s speech which brought the house down, and was warmly received by family and friends, despite him confessing it was the only part of the day he was nervous about. You’d never guess!